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Thursday, December 04, 2003


Yahoo list started for BPL opponents in the ham radio community

Amateur radio operators opposed to BPL (broadband over power line) deployments in the U.S. have formed a Yahoo group and e-mail list, BPLandHamRadio, to discuss potential interference issues with BPL. Its charter:

"Broadband over Power Line (BPL) poses a significant potential interference problem to amateur radio. This group consist of amateur radio operators that wish to discuss opinions and topics related to amateur radio and broadband over power line (BPL). Your opinion is welcome (please be polite) but constructive feedback about possible solutions is encouraged."

Ed Hare with the ARRL suggested I post a link to it, since as he notes:

"I would imagine that the concerns of amateur radio are having an impact on BPL, so those from all viewpoints may want to monitor the discussions on the list."

At Fiber Planners, we want to see power line broadband technology succeed, but that's not going to happen until a way can be found to work with existing licensed spectrum holders, including amateur radio operators.


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